Walter Hallstein Papers

Documents from [1914] to [1982]
Fonds Creator
Access Conditions

Open for consultation. For a small number of files younger than 30 years special consultation rules apply.
In accordance with the HAEU's reproduction rules for external collections, the number of copies is limited to 300 copies per researcher and year.

Reference Archivist

Ruth, Meyer

Extent and Medium

80 linear metres, 400.000 pages in microfiches


English, French, German

Administrative and Biographical History

Following an agreement between the EUI and the Bundesarchiv signed in August 2005, microforms of the entire fonds "N 1266 Nachlass Walter Hallstein" have been deposited in Florence and are open for consultation. Use of documents is subject to provisions of the Federal Republic of Germany's law, citations should exclusively refer to the online published finding aid produced by the Bundesarchiv:
Online published finding aid produced by the 'Bundesarchiv': "Nachlass Walter Hallstein (1901-1982) Bestand N 1266, Bearbeitet von Brigitta Schenke unter Mitarbeit von Gregor Pickro" (registration required, exists only in German).
The HAEU holds a copy of this inventory which is consultable in the reading room in Florence.

Walter Hallstein (1901-1982) was Law Professor and since 1950 active in German and European politics, especially as Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Affairs in the Adenauer's Government.
From 1958 until 1967 he was the first president of the European Economic Community (EEC), from 1968 to 1974 president of the "International European Movement". The fonds covers the years 1914-1982 (representing 70 linear meters) of material referring to Hallstein's scientific activities, European politics and notably his function as president of EEC.
One of the three reading rooms in the premises of the HAEU is named after him; the others are named after Alcide De Gasperi and Emile Noël.

Reproduction Conditions

"Bundesarchiv", Federal Republic of Germany

Associated Material

The European Commission in 2003-2005 financed a research project directed by M. Dumoulin on "The European Commission, 1958-72 : history and memories" which has been published in 2007. In the framework of this important historical research, the historian C. Schröder, PHD student at the European University Institute, carried out an item level description of those files from Walter Hallstein’s papers referring in particular to administration and personnel matters during his time in the European Commission. These descriptions, elaborated in French, are available in pdf format.

Location of Originals

Bundesarchiv, Potsdamer Str. 1, 56075 Koblenz.

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